Our 5th Season Continues with "9 to 5"!

9 to 5 The Musical is based on the 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocrite they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women take control of the company that had always kept them down. 

Season FIVE Begins with "Footloose"!

Our Fall company is 50 students strong, including production and creative teams, performers, tech and run crew, admin, dramaturgs, designers and marketing team members. Add in our adult mentors, staff and board members and we have 75 Free Theatre members all working toward our mission of tuition-free teen theatre!  Scroll through our past production pics by clicking on the arrows >>>>>



Chicago: Teen Edition



Sweeney Todd

Fall Cabaret


In The Heights

Mamma Mia



Who We Are!

The Free Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3, student-run, tuition-free company for students in 9th-12th grade who are passionate about creating theater. Through our mentorship and advisory program, students are trained to be leaders in the creative and production processes, taking on the positions of Director, Music Director, Choreographer, and Stage Manager, and Crew/Design Leads for our full-scale musical productions. Students are supported by a team of mentors, working professionals in DC/MD/VA theatre, who serve as resources and advisors throughout the year. 

The Free Theatre Non-Discrimination Policy:  The Free Theatre shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, color, background, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical, mental or sensory disability, matriculation, socio-economic status, political or religious opinion, or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices.




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Auditions are Jan 22th and 29th, 2023 with a dance call and callbacks on Jan 29th. Production dates are June 9-11th, 2023.

Audition Application HERE!

Production, Designer and Crew Application HERE! 

(Designer Proposals are due 1/25/23!)



FREE Summer Intensive Workshops and Classes for rising 9th-12th graders will be held in July, 2023.

Information and applications will be available soon!!



We just received A SECOND generous Creativity Grant from

The Maryland State Arts Council

 Thank you MSAC! To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit msac.org.



as of 1/1/2023

We are currently running indoor rehearsals with masks required. Performers for “Footloose” will be mask-optional onstage. Audience members will be mask-required in the theatre, mask-optional in the lobby.  



As an actively antiracist organization, we are condemning, speaking up, and taking action against systemic racist practices and microaggressions in theatre and in the greater community.

* We are committed to diverse, color-conscious casting, and expansive hiring of BIPOC designers, board members and staff.

* We are learning from BIPOC leaders in the community about ways we can effectively usher change into our lives and communities.

* We are retooling our programs to engage in the work that needs to be done to amplify BIPOC voices and those of other marginalized communities.

* We are striving to be leaders in active antiracism, and we welcome and encourage your engagement.

* We have formed an internal committee to actively focus on becoming an antiracist theater company. BIPOC are represented and amplified in the fiber of our organization.





The Free Theatre is funded in part by generous contributions from:

The Nora Roberts Foundation

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County,        Maryland State Arts Council, and                                                    United Healthcare.